We are an international literary society devoted to the 20th century English novelist Barbara Pym, shrewd observer of a certain kind of middle-class Englishwoman, no longer young and not quite beautiful, whom society finds it easy to overlook. She is just as shrewd an observer of the people that these women, vigilant and perceptive, themselves observe.
The spinster heroine of Excellent Women, Pym’s most famous novel, says, “I suppose an unmarried woman just over 30, who lives alone and has no apparent ties, must expect to find herself involved or interested in other people’s business, and if she is a clergyman’s daughter then one might really say that there is no hope for her.”
2 May 2021
Dr Paula Byrne
will discuss her new biography The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym on the BPS YouTube channel
Check back for details!
Virtual Spring Meeting
Dr Nick Turner
'Excellent April': Barbara Pym, Elizabeth von Arnim, Literary 'Mothers' and the Comic Novel
2021 Annual General Meeting and Conference
3-5 September 2021
St Hilda's College, Oxford
"Barbara Around the World"